A small, dedicated group of white-collar workers, in industries from tech to banking to insurance, say they have found a way to double income by working two full-time remote jobs, without telling anyone.
In their home offices, these workers toggle between two laptops, The Wall Street Journal reports. They also carefully book their calendars to make sure no meetings overlap, and sometimes use paid time off to handle big projects.
Many say they don’t work more than 40 hours a week for both jobs combined, and they don’t apologize for taking advantage of a system they feel has taken advantage of them.
“It’s two jobs for one,” says a 29-year-old software engineer who has been working for both a media company and an events company since June. He was encouraged by a new website called Overemployed. Two tech workers this spring created Overemployed, aiming to rally workers around the concept of holding more than one job. They frame it as a way to take back control after decades of stalled wages for some and a pandemic that led to unpredictable layoffs.
The Wall Street Journal based its story on conversations with a half-dozen workers who have secretly worked multiple full-time jobs, as employees and contractors, during the pandemic. The workers spoke anonymously for fear of being fired or not being able to pull off the arrangement again. The approach doesn’t violate federal or state laws, according to employment lawyers, but it could represent a breach of contract or raise issues around confidentiality. And it could certainly result in an employee’s termination. Read the full story.